By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Nigeria Medical Association, NMA Nasarawa State Chapter has rejected directive by the state government to its members to desist from Private practice and shut down their health facilities or risk losing their jobs.
The state Chairman Dr. Sabo Emmanuel stated this during a press briefing at the end of an emergency executive meeting of the association in Lafia.
Dr. Sabo Emmanuel said medical doctors on the payroll of the state government had never been found wanting for compromising their official duties as they engage in private practice according to the laid down rules guiding establishment and operating private hospitals and clinics.
According to the NMA Chairman, private practice by medical doctors in the state had contributed immensely in bridging the gap in the health sector which had gone a long way in meeting the increasing medical needs of the people over the years.
He called on the state government to concentrate on addressing issues bordering on welfare of doctors in the state especially lack of promotions which had lingered on since 2010 and annual salary increments among others.
Dr. Sabo Emmanuel however commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for being among the first governors to pay COVID 19 hazard allowances for health workers which according to him, had enhanced the fight against the pandemic.
While pointing out that as at August this year, over 150 health workers in the state had been infected with COVID 19, Dr. Sabo Emmanuel called on medical doctors to redouble their efforts in the provision of health care services to the people.
Nasarawa State Government had recently directed medical doctors on its payroll who are engaged in private practice to shut down their facilities or risk losing their appointments with the government.